Braised Red Cabbage & Turnips with Mustard Seeds

  • 1 ½ TBLS mustard seeds
  • 3 TBLS cooking oil of choice
  • 1 ½ -2 cups turnips, peeled and diced
  • 1 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Salt, to taste

Heat a large skillet on medium. Add mustard seeds and toast 1 minute, stirring. Add cooking oil. When hot, add turnips and cabbage. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Mix in vinegar and stock. Bring to a simmer and braise, covered, until veggies are tender, about 25 minutes. Season to taste.

Joanna’s Turnip Puff

  • 1 lb turnips, peeled & chopped
  • 1 TBLS butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg, seperated

Boil turnips in water until soft. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350. Mash the turnips and add butter, salt, pepper, flour, and sugar. Beat egg yolk and add to turnip mixture. Beat egg white until stiff and fold into turnip mixture. Pour into a small greased casserole and bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned. 

Balsamic-Glazed Turnips

  • 1.5 lbs turnips, thinly sliced
  • 4 TBLS butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add turnips and stir to coat. Add water, cover the pan, and turn heat down to maintain a simmer. Cook for 5-10 minutes until tender. Remove lid, add balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper, and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 more minutes until vinegar forms a thick saucy glaze on the turnips. Serve hot.

Red Lentil Vegetable Soup


Garnish, garnish, garnish! That is what my family is obsessed with. So, if you are too, you could garnish this soup with: sour cream, cilantro, chives, crushed tortilla chips, grated cheese, and many more options. If not, just make it plain. You won't be dissapointed.

Moroccan Spiced Turnips


We added diced chicken to this and served it over rice with a dollop of plain yogurt on top.  Soooo good!  Great way to spice up plain turnips for those who are not big fans.

2-3 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup shallots (or onions), sliced
1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
1 pound turnips, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 +/- teaspoon cayenne powder (to taste)
1 cup chicken broth

Caramelized Winter Roots


This recipe is perfect in a cast iron fry pan!  If you don't have one, use your heaviest bottomed pan and watch carefully.  You might need to stir/add more oil more frequently to prevent sticking.  Either way, this is quite delish!

4+ tablespoons olive oil
¾ pound turnips, unpeeled, cut into ½ inch dice
¾ pound potatoes, unpeeled, cut into ½ inch dice
¾ pound carrots, peeled, cut into ½ inch dice
Salt and pepper to taste
Thyme to taste (approx 1 tsp dried)
½ pound onion, chopped

Roasted Turnips


Other root veggies or cabbage or garlic or onions or anything else(!) can be added to this basic recipe to make a tasty and interesting medley.  Roasted vegetables are always sweeter than raw because the dry heat concentrates their innate sugars.

turnips, peeled and coarsley chopped or cut into wedges
olive oil
salt and pepper
dried thyme

Toss turnips with other ingredients.  Lay on a greased baking sheet and roast in the oven at 375 until tender and browned, about 45 minutes.

Candied Turnips


This is a great, basic way to serve turnips as a sweet side dish that can balance their mild bitterness. 

2 lbs turnips, peeled and cut into wedges
salt to taste
2-4 tablespoons butter
sweetener of your choice, like maple syrup, honey, etc. (about 1/3 cup or to taste)

Creamy Turnip and Carrot Soup


This is a basic recipe that can have anything else you have on hand added to it if you like.  My most recent version used purple carrots (which turned the whole soup purple!) and I added garlic and celeriac to it, also.  I love this kind of soup because it's so adaptable!

2 tablespoons butter or oil
1 medium onion, or two large shallots
3 cups turnips, peeled and chopped
2 cups carrots, peeled and chopped
4+ cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup to 1 cup cream or milk

Turnips in Yogurt and Tomato Sauce


1 cup yogurt, plain
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds turnips, peeled, and cut into 1.5” chunks
3 tablespoons oil
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2 large shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
8 oz can of tomatoes in their juice
1/8 – ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

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